Ixtapa, Mexico

As the sun begins to set, you’re sitting by the plunge pool on your suite’s cliffside terrace. A breeze starts to cool things down after a hot day. The sparkling turquoise water below ripples as a catamaran glides around the bay with people on the lookout for whales. You’re hoping to finally see the green flash.

Photo: Capella Ixtapa
Photo: Capella Ixtapa

This stunning property built into the hill must be on Santorini or the Amalfi Coast. Maybe even Bali. Or perhaps you’re in Mexico, and you’re sipping a cerveza and munching on guacamole and tortilla chips, which are delivered to your door promptly at 5pm each afternoon. Mexico may be known for its white-sand beaches on the Riviera Maya or in Puerto Vallarta. Even in nearby Zihuatanejo. But on the outskirts of Ixtapa at Capella Ixtapa, the rooms, pools, restaurants, and spa are built into the rocks.

Photo: Capella Ixtapa
Photo: Capella Ixtapa

Privacy is highly respected at this secluded Mexican oasis. With a plunge pool in each of the 59-Pacific-facing suites, you could go many days only seeing Rogelio when he delivers buckets of shrimp and basil margaritas.

Photo: N Preseault
Photo: N Preseault

But there are so many nooks and crannies to explore on each level of the resort, and all take advantage of the view. A Mares serves fine Mexican cuisine. You’ll be surrounded by candles and a fire pit while eating the catch of the day at Las Rocas. Sip anejo tequilas at the Terrace bar. A papaya-and-mango scrub and wrap can be booked at the award-winning spa. The library offers computers and tequila tastings. And cooking classes, sunset sails, and fishing trips are available. Or just spend time at one of the larger infinity pools.

Una cerveza, por favor?

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